The Bar Method was started in the 1970’s in San Francisco by former ballerina Lotte Burr. Combining isometrics, ballet, pilates and light weight work the workout is a low impact way to reshape muscle groups and improve flexibility. Bar Method studios have begun to spring up all over the country, but at $250 a month, keeping your tush in perfect shape can get expensive. Luckily, Bar Method offers a series of DVD’s
for busy, long-distance, or financially strapped potential students. At just $20 on The Bar Method website, you can keep your wallet and your thighs happy.
Don’t worry about procuring yourself a ballet barre – the back of a chair is suggested instead. After your
time at the barre, it’s onto mat work. But don’t get too excited to sit down – Bar Method is all about turning
fat into long, lean muscles and “mat work” is really just another way to say “your abs are going to burn for the next two days”. The best part about Bar Method is that the entire class is broken up into segments. Yes, you will stand at the barre (or chair) and do moves with scary-sounding names like “water-ski thigh
workout." And you will hold chair sits and V-ups until your thighs and abs shake and sweat pours down your face. But in between every grueling segment, Marnie pauses the workout and leads you through calming stretches. This is how your muscles reshape and turn into those long, thin-yet-powerful limbs like a ballerina.
Many women claim the Bar Method has lengthened their leg muscles so much, they’ve actually added inches to their height. We don’t know if this is true, but we do know that for $20 you can’t beat the intense workout that this DVD offers. Working out at home in your own living room is an experience in itself – with no more excuses to avoid going for the burn, we’ve found we actually enjoy this class and look forward to whatever time we’re able to squeeze in the hour it takes to finish the DVD from start to finish.